Overview Resources

Over the years, there have been many different reports, books, and articles published offering an overview of the science of camera trapping with varying levels of detail. We've included here a collection of what we feel to be representative and useful recent resources.

Overview Resources

As an excellent resource, we recommend the 2017 report from Oliver Wearn and Paul Glover-Kapfer from WWF-UK.  At 180 pages, it offers an in-depth introductory look into most of the main types of camera trap studies, from study design through to data management and resources for data analysis, in addition to a history of camera trapping, FAQs, and an analysis of the technology's pros and cons.

Rovero and Zimmerman's 2016 book Camera Trapping for Wildlife Research provides useful background and details on many aspects of using camera traps for research.

WildCAM has produced this annotated bibliography and literature synthesis of camera trapping papers from the last ten years. This review of methodological studies gives practitioners insights into what the peer-reviewed literature suggests about best practices.

Apps and McNutt's 2018 paper, How Camera Traps Work and How to Work Them, provides a recent peer-reviewed "crash course" on the very basics of camera trapping.

There have been many other camera trapping review papers published over the years, and many of these can be found within WildCAM's annotated bibliography and literature synthesis. Other useful papers are also listed on our Publication Directory page.


Some of these resources may not be open access. If an article is not open access, we recommend contacting the corresponding author to request a copy or checking common repositories such as Research Gate for now. We are working to make the resources within the library more broadly available in the future.